If you have plans to head to your nearest retailer and pick up the iPad Air tomorrow, you likely won’t have a hard time finding the tablet. If early stock estimates are any indication, supply of the revamped iPad should be steady through the weekend and beyond.
Shipments have already begun arriving at Apple’s retail outlets as well as other locations like Walmart. Stores in more prominent locales are receiving upwards of 500 units for the initial launch.
The abundance of available iPads means Apple reportedly will be accepting reservations for in-store pickup when the tablet goes up for sale online at 12:01 AM PDT. Customers going this route will be able to avoid launch day lines. Otherwise, Apple Stores will be opening bright and early at 8AM on Friday to accommodate the launch.
The iPad Air features a retooled design that is thinner and lighter than any previous version of Apple’s popular tablet. Internally, the slate is updated with Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor promising twice the performance of the last generation model. Pricing starts at $499 for a 16GB WiFi model.
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